Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation

(Also known as Radiofrequency Rhizotomy or Radiofrequency Lesioning)

Nerve is heated to block communication with the brainRadiofrequency nerve ablation (also known as radiofrequency lesioning, or neurotomy) is an emerging therapy that uses a specialized device to disrupt nerve conduction on a semi-permanent basis. With radiofrequency treatment, the nerves are usually blocked and relief can be as long as 12-18 months for patients. This nerve ablation pain relief technique can be used successfully for those with back pain, neck pain, muscle pain, or other discomforts. A probe is and a controlled delivery of heat is placed along a painful nerve. Radiofrequency causes nerve destruction through heat.


Radiofrequency nerve ablation has been in use for many years and the technique continues to improve with better efficacy and fewer risks. Patients can experience significant pain relief with this minimally invasive procedure that does not require a long hospital stay. There is no incision.


Nerve ablation of facet joints is performed in an operative setting using mild sedation and local anesthetics. Fluoroscopic imaging allows the physician to accurately position the radiofrequency ablation probe adjacent to the medial branch nerves to be treated. The nerve is then heated to 80 degrees C using a radiofrequency generator.


Radiofrequency ablation treatment is a safe and well-tolerated method selected to treat chronic pain caused by a variety of conditions. If your pain responds well to an initial treatment, a follow-up treatment may be helpful.

Conditions commonly treated with radiofrequency nerve ablation include the following:

  • Spinal arthritis
  • Facet arthritis
  • Facet Trauma

What Are the Risks of Radiofrequency Ablation?

As with any medical procedure, there are risks associated with any medical procedure. These include:

  • Rare, but possible, allergic reaction to local anesthetic
  • Bleeding and bruising; the effects are minimal and should disappear within days.
  • Infections, though unlikely
  • Post procedure soreness, extremely variable and dissipates within a few days


Dr. Baidey will personally discuss risks, benefits, and alternatives with each Patient.

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